Negotiating and mediating 
Problem-solving Advice

Draw on a unique combination of mediation insight, international diplomatic experience and negotiating acumen. Reframe problems using professional mediation technique, then tackle them with skill and subtlety. Focus on practical, creative solutions. Look hard at the cost of losing – and the cost of winning

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Public speaking and presenting 
Presenter Coach Speechwriter

Giving speeches, writing speeches, delivering a PowerPoint talk, organising events, drafting press releases and working up media strategies. They are all one basic life-skill: conveying messages in a way that is memorable and convincing. You do this by combining structure with stories and signposts

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Are We Negotiating with ISIS?

Here’s my latest piece at PunditWire, looking at President Obama’s UN speech (both substance and technique) and what it says about negotiating: Even the President of the United States drifts into the tritest clichés on such occasions: We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and […]

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Speechwriting for Leaders: Incoming

In case you’re all wondering, my eBook Speechwriting for Leaders is coming along very nicely. A bold and amusing cover is being designed (every e-Book needs a bold and amusing eCover) and the substance is entering the layout and final edit phase. The problem for any great artist with any work […]

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President Obama Clarity Watch

Mulling over my latest piece for PunditWire I started to look at one of President Obama’s rhetorical tics: his use of the word ‘clear’. Take, for example, his 10 September statement on US policy towards ISIL/ISIS. Three hits! Now let’s make two things clear:  ISIL is not “Islamic.” Our objective is […]

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Assange and ‘Diplomatic Asylum’

A reader has sent me this fascinating email with many points of historical interest (reproduced with his permission) on the general subject of ‘diplomatic asylum’ (and the Assange case): Dear Charles  I’m a retired DS officer, who follows your website with interest.  I enjoy what you say and how you […]

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Lessons for Life

Now and again I give presentations to schools on Lessons for Life. These boil down to some simple ideas: Things grow Keep your balance Be honest Don’t be stupid Guard your reputation A good way to illustrate most of these ideas is to present a lively example of someone thinking he’s been […]

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